At 9:54 a.m. on November 2, 2017, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Communication Center received a call from a resident in the 5300 block of President Avenue in north Sacramento County. The caller requested a welfare check on a male at that location who was acting erratically and seemed despondent.
Sheriff’s Deputies arrived in the area at approximately 10:15 a.m. and observed the person in question walking in the street. A Deputy attempted to contact him and observed he was armed with a knife. The suspect retreated into a nearby garage and emerged with a large pitchfork then began advancing towards one of the Deputies. The Deputy ordered the suspect to drop the pitchfork numerous times and the suspect refused as he continued advancing on the Deputy’s position. The Deputy, fearing for his life, fired his weapon, striking the suspect in his upper torso.
Sheriff’s Deputies immediately began performing life-saving measures on the suspect. Personnel from the Sacramento Metro Fire Department arrived and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene.
The suspect has been identified as a 56-year-old Sacramento man. The identity of the suspect, in this case, will be made available by the Sacramento County Coroner’s office, after notification has been made to his next of kin.
The investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Professional Standards Division, which is standard practice for any officer-involved shooting that occurs in the Sheriff’s Department’s jurisdiction. An independent review of the incident will be conducted by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office and the Inspector General. The officer involved in the shooting is a 14 year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department. In accordance with the Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures, the deputy involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.
Sergeant Shaun Hampton